Thomson Reuters Unveils 2016 ranking of most influential scientific journals


 Thomson Reuters Unveils 2016 ranking
of most influential scientific journals

More than 11,000 journals in 81 countries receive their Journal Impact Factor

ALEXANDRIA: Intellectual Property & Science business of Thomson Reuters  has announced the 2016 update of its Journal Citation Reports® (JCR), the world’s most influential resource for evaluating peer-reviewed publications and the source of annual journal metrics, including the Journal Impact Factor (JIF). It includes twelve Journal from Pakistan including three Biomedical Journals which are Journal of Pakistan Medical Association (JPMA), Journal of the College of Physicians and Surgeons Pakistan (JCPSP) and Pakistan Journal of Medical Sciences (PJMS) which have got an Impact Factor.

The Journal Citation Reports provides an assessment of a journal’s standing in scholarly literature through the objective evaluation of quantifiable, statistical information. The analysis comprises citation data, impact and influence metrics, and millions of cited and citing journal data points from the Web of Science, the industry’s leading citation indices in the sciences, social sciences, and arts and humanities.

The 2016 release, with 2015 citation data for literature within the sciences and social sciences, features 11,365 journal listings in 234 disciplines; 81 countries are represented. A total of 239 journals received their first JIF; 57 percent of journals saw an increase in JIF from last year and 42 percent saw a decrease. Additionally, 18 journals were suppressed to ensure the integrity of the reports. Suppressed journals are re-evaluated after a year for reconsideration in the JCR.

The journal selection process is an ongoing exercise focused on identifying, evaluating, and selecting the most important and influential international and regional journals for coverage in the Web of Science. Once the requisite three consecutive years of known source item counts are available, the data for each listed journal are analyzed and published in the JCR.

“Being able to glean meaningful insights into a journal’s influence is a critical component in the journal evaluation process for publishers, researchers and librarians,” said Emmanuel Thiveaud, head of research analytics of IP & Science at Thomson Reuters. “By quantifying the impact of thousands of journals around the world with reliable, consistent methodology, we continue to provide powerful and reliable metrics that are meaningful to the scientific community.”

Exclusively available as a module within Thomson Reuters InCites™, an integrated web-based platform for measuring research output and impact, monitoring trends and benchmarking articles, journals, institutions and people, the JCR comprises citation data, impact and influence metrics and millions of cited and citing journal data points from the Web of Science™. JCR and the InCites platform also enable users to perform a comprehensive, rich and deep analysis and exploration of journals and the specific articles within a publication.(PR)

 PJMS gains over 100% increase
in its Impact Factor

KARACHI: In the just release Journal Citation Report by Thompson Reuter for the Year 2016, Pakistan Journal of Medical Sciences has increased its Impact Factor by over 100%. Last year it was .231 which in 2016 has increased to 0.544. PJMS has also emerged as the Pakistani Biomedical Journal with the highest Impact Factor.

Other medical journals from Pakistan with Impact Factor are JPMA 0.488 and JCPSP 0.343. As regards citations for the Year 2015, JPMA had highest citations of 1601, followed by JCPSP 974 and Pak J Med Sci 650 Citations. Online edition of PJMS is sponsored by PharmEvo which has also helped us a lot to sustain and make this achievement.  For Impact Factor of Pakistani journals see inside pages.

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